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Police issue important Air Show advice

PUBLISHED: 10:04 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:53 05 July 2010

AS Lowestoft gets ready for the annual Air Festival next week, Suffolk Police are advising residents and visitors to follow advice on car parking and crime prevention to help ensure the days run smoothly.

AS Lowestoft gets ready for the annual Air Festival next week, Suffolk Police are advising residents and visitors to follow advice on car parking and crime prevention to help ensure the days run smoothly.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the event on Thursday and Friday July 24/25, with park and ride facilities operating from Dip Farm in Corton, and from the Africa Alive site in Kessingland. Visitors to the festival are being advised to make use of these sites and traffic will be encouraged to use an alternative route through Oulton Broad.

However police are reminding drivers that there may be delays due to the sheer numbers of people likely to be heading to the town.

Inspector Stuart Grimsey said: “We would ask motorists to be patient over the two days of the festival and make use of the park and ride facilities if you are planning to come to the sea front. We appreciate that there will be delays for some people, but extra staff will be on duty to help keep any traffic congestion to a minimum.”

A number of roads in the seafront area will be lined, either one side or both, with no waiting cones to allow easy access for emergency vehicles. These include parts of London Road South, Belvedere Road, Horn Hill, Waveney Drive, Kirkley Run, Carlton Road and Marine Parade. Police will operate a strict tow-away system for cars parked in restricted areas and this year the tow-away zone is being extended slightly further along the seafront.

The arrangements are put into place each year to help keep delays to a minimum and police are asking those living locally to make their way to the seafront on foot if possible, or to make use of public transport. Police are also asking that drivers and visitors comply with requests from officers and official stewards during the two-day festival.

A large number of additional officers will be on duty, both in uniform and in plain clothes, but wherever there are crowds there are opportunities for thieves so please take sensible precautions to protect your property.

Please only take items necessary for the day with you. Keep an eye on any valuables and don't leave property unattended. Wherever you park make sure there are no items on view inside your vehicle and that windows and doors are locked.

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